‘Positive thinking’ and ‘getting in the zone’ sounds great, but why do we think we need to do it, what does it really mean and how do we go about it?
Sport can feel very lonely and isolating. There are worries and fears about failure and injury and a pressure to succeed, then there’s the worry about what to do when it’s all over. All this background noise takes up our mental ‘bandwidth’, which affects our physical capability.
One study of 50 swimmers competing for positions in Canada’s Olympic and world championship team found that before competition,
of them “met the criteria for a major depressive episode”
(The Guardian, March 2019).
I come from a sports background and coaching is immensely helpful to focus your energies back to your performance and goals. Enhanced motivation and greater resilience and flexibility when things go off track will enable you to play full out and fearless and expand the boundaries of your beliefs.
Whether you play alone or within a team, I work with people to help them make the most of their talents and love what they do. Understanding the impact your thinking can have on your performance and how to deal with pressure, anxieties and the psychological effects of injury, will allow you to operate with a clearer mind and greater energy, self-belief and courage.
“Your biggest opponent isn’t the other guy. It’s human nature”